Water Quality Certification
Under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act (CWA), the US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) cannot issue a permit to conduct any activity that may result in a discharge into waters of the United States unless a Section 401 water quality certification (WQC) is issued, verifying compliance with water quality requirements, or certification is waived. States and authorized tribes, where the discharge would originate, are generally the certifying authority (CA) responsible for issuing WQCs. In cases where a state or tribe does not have authority, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the CA responsible for issuing or waiving certification. Click the following link for information regarding WQC decisions for the 2021 and 2017 NWPs: water quality certification
The Corps Regulatory Program prefers to receive electronic submittals per our mission to reduce impacts to the environment. However, hard copy submittals will be accepted and processed.
ENG Form 6082 (Nationwide Permit PCN Form)
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South Pacific Division NWP PCN Form and Instructions - Please save a copy of the PCN form before emailing it to the Corps.
PCN Checklist (Revised March 2019) - Some local authorities, such as floodplain administrators and planning departments, may require an official determination of Department of the Army Section 404 permit requirements provided by the Corps even though a PCN is not required by the NWP. This checklist is provided as an alternative for permittees requesting written NWP verifications where a formal PCN is not required. If you are not sure if your project requires a PCN prior to starting work, please refer to the Notification Section of the NWP summaries and the Regional Conditions that apply to your project type and location. If you are submitting a PCN, as required by the NWP, you must use one of the PCN forms above.
Nationwide Permit Certification Compliance Form (Fillable .PDF Version)
2017 Nationwide Permits Summary
Nationwide Permit 27 Guidelines cover what specific information should be included with requests for authorizing project proposals involving a discharge of dredged or fill material under NWP 27, including the project purpose, existing conditions, reference and supporting data, and monitoring plan. It also includes a detailed discussion of requirements for annual monitoring reports, specific information concerning projects designed to enhance fisheries, and a list of resources.
The ORM Consolidated Upload Template with Validation is designed to facilitate efficiency and accuracy in the Corps’ documentation of aquatic resources (ARs) and impacts associated with permit requests, including PCNs. The Consolidated Upload Spreadsheet is especially useful and should be used for linear projects with multiple crossings and projects or sites that involve 10 or more ARs and/or impacts. To ensure accuracy of the data and help identify/prevent errors, users should follow the Instructions when entering the information and run the Validation Tool before submitting the requests to the Corps. In addition to the Consolidated Upload Spreadsheet, these files also provide instructions for submitting AR and impacts shapefiles. For questions regarding the use of the Consolidated Upload Template with Validation Tool or submission of the Consolidated Upload Spreadsheet and associated shapefiles, please contact your local regulatory office.